D-backs trade Cougars pitcher to Braves

Kane County Cougars RHP Touki Toussaint was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. (MiLB.com photo)

Kane County Cougars RHP Touki Toussaint was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. (MiLB.com photo)

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded their top pick from last year’s draft, RHP Touki Toussaint, to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday — the pitcher’s 19th birthday.

Toussaint pitched for the Kane County Cougars this season, as recently as Friday. In his seven Midwest League starts, he went 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 15 walks in 39 innings. MiLB.com ran a story about his development a few days ago, which you can read here.

Toussaint was traded with veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, in exchange for 26-year-old utility player Phil Gosselin. The trade is widely viewed as the Diamondbacks dumping Arroyo’s salary on the Braves. Arroyo is making $9.5 million this year and has an option for 2016 worth $13 million (with a $4.5 million buyout if it’s not picked up). He is expected back in August at the earliest. Gosselin also is sidelined, expected to be out about four more weeks with a broken thumb.

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